No Signal (Blue)

No Signal (Blue) is a performance in five-acts that engages in the continuous production and deconstruction of a series of low–tech spectacles as a means to consider the seduction of the window, the screen, the virtual, through the vocabulary of the theatrical. Using the tools of production themselves – light stands, scrims, projections, and lights – the performers act as conspicuous stagehands, and the objects act as props that move between the literal and the metaphorical.

The soundtrack is composed live, like the visual aspects of the piece, by amplifying the sounds of the objects themselves – projector motors, mirror ball motors, tap shoes – using contact microphones which are reconfigured as the props are moved around or turned on and off.

No Signal (Blue)
was partly inspired by the tricks of 19th century illusionists as well as the ubiquitous blue screen that connotes a technical breakdown in our own devices of illusion. The performance inhabits no signal blue as a liminal space of contemplation and desire.

No Signal (Blue) is a collaboration between Ali Prosch and Meghann McCrory. There have been two iterations of the piece: one took place at MOCA Los Angeles in May of 2012, another at Public Fiction in Los Angeles in September of 2012.

No Signal (Blue) – MOCA Geffen, Los Angeles, 2012

No Signal (Blue) – MOCA Geffen, Los Angeles, 2012

No Signal (Blue) – MOCA Geffen, Los Angeles, 2012

No Signal (Blue) – MOCA Geffen, Los Angeles, 2012

No Signal (Blue) – MOCA Geffen, Los Angeles, 2012

No Signal (Blue) – Public Fiction, Los Angeles, 2012

No Signal (Blue) – Public Fiction, Los Angeles, 2012

No Signal (Blue) – Public Fiction, Los Angeles, 2012

No Signal (Blue) – Public Fiction, Los Angeles, 2012

 

No Signal (Blue) – Public Fiction, Los Angeles, 2012